Federal government must support Manitoba's Northern transport initiatives
January 21st, 2016 - 5:11pm
Manitoba is making historic investments in roads, airports and ferry service in Northern Manitoba. It is time for the federal government to do the same.
That is my clear message as MP for Churchill - Keewatinook Aski as Parliament resumes sitting.
The provincial government is extending the all weather road network through the East Side Road Authority, improving ferry access and all weather road access for York Landing and War Lake, building a new airport for St Theresa Point and Wasagamack and conducting major investments in Northern highways.
The Trudeau government has talked about investing in infrastructure. They campaigned on supporting the East Side Road Authority. The provincial government has made it clear that with federal cost sharing, it can accelerate the construction of this infrastructure. They need to commit to that now.
Improved transportation is critical to our region. It means improved safety, a lower cost of living, greater access to services and much more. At a time when climate change is putting our winter roads at risk, it is also about adapting to the reality of climate change.